Okay it is fun to watch, but there is a bad side to this hitchhiker: eye damage to the koi.
"Toad attached to the fishes eyeballs and damaging them. It buried it’s front legs in the eye sockets. I had to pull out the toad."
Matt Parker is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology, University of Portsmouth, where he studies fish and fish behavior. Over his career he has some observations about fish and human beings. I know you will enjoy this easy read, short article on how we humans are like our fellow fish.
I might even be able to make this koi in clay. This less than 5 minute Youtube video shows you how. Could be a great activity for those who dabble in clay or with the kids.
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So much to still discover in our world, even when in plain sight.
"The largest waterlily species in the world has been discovered after a case of mistaken identity that saw it hide in plain sight for 177 years.
Wow, this technology could be right around the corner for us hobbyists. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a "affinity silk filter".
A fascinating study suggesting that koi will self-seek water at 90 deg F (32 C) in order to reduce the suffering of KHVD (cyprinid herpesvirus 3). This is very exciting research, but of course as noted by the researchers out of Belgium, a vaccine is still needed.
Behavioral fever, something newly defined in the behavior of koi/carp. What a great article on the study of the Cyprinid Herpesvirus3 (CYHV-3), also known as KHVD, and how water up to 90 degree F (32C) is used for treatment. Though a vaccine is still needed, this study showed that fish will self-select this high temperature water to cure themselves. "It's been known for a while that fish (and other animals that can't generate heat internally) could help their immune systems fight off infection by moving to a warmer spot.
From a koi painting they loved, to a beautiful koi pond build to imitate their art. This couple has built a beautiful pond at their home and as they say " Feeding the fish “is an outing. It’s entertainment,” ... Please enjoy this well-done article on this pond.
The transformation of Sandra and Peter Barsczeski’s backyard began with a painting by Covington artist Donna Duffy.
Depicting three koi fish swimming among lily pads, the 40-by-40-inch mixed media and acrylic piece hangs in the foyer of their Acadian-style home off Sharp Road in Mandeville.
If you wonder why your koi feed is incorporating so many newer ingredients, read this article. The urgency for self- sustaining feed is because our need to feed fish; both hobby and commercial aquaculture is driving harmful fishing practices around the world.
A koi wrap on a bus was designed by a middle school student who was inspired by koi at the local zoo; now this art is on show for whole community to see. Congratulations to these young artists.
!If you're not havin' FUN, you're not doin' it right